1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043
Lot 7
Beautifully restored
1930 AVIONS VOISIN C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE
Sold for US$ 198,000 inc. premium

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1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043 1930 AVIONS VOISIN  C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE  Chassis no. 27966 Engine no. 28043
1930 AVIONS VOISIN C14 FIVE-PASSENGER BERLINE

Chassis no. 27966
Engine no. 28043

2,326cc Sleeve-Valve Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Zenith 36 DHKB Carburetor
65bhp at 4,400rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission and 2-Speed Transfer Case
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspention
4-Wheel Servo-assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes


*A very rare example of sophisticated Post-WWI Art-Deco automotive design
*Knight sleeve-valve engine
*All-aluminum body
*Beautifully restored in 2007
*Features many of Gabriel Voison's delightful engineering features



THE AVIONS VOISIN C14

The name of the automobile reveals its engineering heritage: Gabriel and younger brother Charles Voison began their careers in 1908 designing and building airplanes. Although Charles died in 1912, the company delivered more than 11,000 units through the First World War. When the end of hostilities meant an end to aircraft orders, Gabriel turned to automobile manufacturing and racing and applied what he'd learned in lightweight aircraft construction. His first automobile, the C1, appeared in 1919, and was based on a Citroen prototype to which Voison had secured the rights. Almost to the end, Voisons were powered by engines incorporating the unorthodox Knight sleeve-valve design. This valve arrangement, while virtually silent in operation, consumed a goodly amount of oil, and usually left a cloud of white smoke in its wake.

Realizing that a box-shaped passenger compartment offered the most interior volume, Voison, who had studied art as a young man, applied his knowledge of the "Cubist school" in shaping his car bodies. Voison crafted monocoque bodies of light yet flexible aluminum alloy. Luggage was carried externally in a rear-mounted trunk or in boxes mounted behind the front fenders. Gabriel Voison had more than a hundred patents, including a pneumatic transfer case, spring-loaded frameless opening glass windows, and a rather complex door latching mechanism.

Pascal Courteault would write in his wonderful "Automobiles Voison" (1991) that "Between 1919 to 1925, Voison had undoubtedly come to be recognized as the most original and forward-looking constructor of luxury cars." By then, Voison had supplemented his four-cylinder sleeve-valve engine lines with a six-cylinder engine, and that motor was used in the C14 series, which was built from 1928 through 1932. Not quite 1800 examples of the C14 were built; it is said that the C14, especially in two-door "La Lumineuse" form, represented the height of Voison's success.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This C14 five-passenger Berline of the style known as "Code Charmant (chassis)/Code Chartula body)" is credited to Andre Lefébre, the brilliant French engineer who built the aerodynamic "Laboratoire" racing car for Voison and would go on to design the famed front wheel drive Citroën Traction Avant, 2CV, and later the DS. This beautiful C14 was discovered in France in the 1990s. It had fortunately been carefully stored for many years and was quite intact. A comprehensive restoration by Ken Haywood in New South Wales, Australia, was completed in 2007, with all systems returned to correct working order, including the pneumatic relay that provided an overdrive on each of the transmission's three gears, giving six forward (and two reverse) speeds; the Dewandre vacuum-assisted brakes, and the quite ingenious Dynastart unit, which combines a generator and starter mounted to the crankshaft. Externally, this C14 is typical of Voisons of the day, with its bulldog-like stance, "negative dihedral" front fender braces and delightful winged radiator mascot. It is painted black, one of only three colors offered for this model (the others being grey and grey-green). Inside, though, is where a Voison of this period really shines. The Art-Moderne theme is boisterously applied through the dazzling geometric upholstery conceived by Paul Poiret. It is estimated that more than 10,000 automobiles were constructed by Gabriel Voison, but fewer than 150 survive world-wide. Brilliantly-conceived and executed, the automobiles of Gabriel Voison rarely come to market; this example is among the best.
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